A’s submit plan for Fremont stadium

The owners of the Oakland Athletics formally submitted their development application to the city of Fremont today to develop 226 acres of land in the Pacific Commons area at a cost of about $1.8 billion.

The A’s said their plan includes a baseball-only ballpark, a surrounding ballpark village that will consist of residential and commercial properties along with a new elementary school.

The baseball team said their submission of the development application represents more than a year of planning to bring what they believe will be the most intimate and technologically advanced ballpark in Major League Baseball to Fremont.

Filing the development application will also allow the environmental impact report process to begin.

The city of Fremont is expected to take between 12 and 18 months to review the application. The A’s said that if their plan is approved, groundbreaking on the project will begin as soon as possible.

Simultaneous to the environmental review process, ProLogis, the owner of the Pacific Commons Shopping Center, will conduct a targeted outreach program with its tenants at Pacific Commons and the adjacent Auto Mall regarding the transportation and parking impacts of the proposed ballpark village, the A’s said. ProLogis will work with both the A’s and the city of Fremont as the project progresses, according to the baseball team.

In a statement, A’s owner Lew Wolff said, “The intense planning process has helped us create a proposal that we believe will benefit both the city and the A’s. We have spent a lot of time in the last year listening to the community and engaging experts in the fields of transportation, architecture and technology.”

Wolff added, “We have engaged the people who know Fremont best. We listened to city staff, elected officials, community leaders and most importantly we listened to members of the community. The development plan we submitted today will create a true community asset for Fremont and the best ballpark in the country.”

The baseball park will be named Cisco Field as part of a 30-year naming rights partnership with Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, which was announced last November.

The A’s say that with a capacity of 32,000, Cisco Field will be the most intimate ballpark in the major leagues. They say the ballpark will also be one of the most technologically advanced sports and entertainment venues in the world.

A significant portion of the 226-acre area will be devoted to a new real estate development with residential, retail and other commercial components.

The A’s say that the project will be primarily financed by a combination of private equity and real estate development proceeds generated by the ballpark and the surrounding village.

The proposed ballpark and village site is about 22 miles south of the A’s current facility, McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, and will be located 5 miles north of the Santa Clara County line and 12 milesfrom downtown San Jose.

Fremont has a population of more than 210,000 people and an area of 92 square miles. It’s the fourth most populous city in the Bay Area and California’s fifth-largest city in terms of land area.

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